Winnie Monsod says she was sexually harassed by family acquaintance when she was 12; Her message to kids: "Not all adults should be respected. No
In her GMA News TV show Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie aired on March 7, Winnie Monsod admitted, "Ako rin naging biktima ng (I, too, have been a victim of) child sexual abuse. Not in any big way like Mildred (a girl whose ordeal was discussed in the show) was victimized but in a small way kasi ito ay nangyari sa akin (because this came to me) from a person of authority."
Winnie Monsod shares her story in her GMA News TV show Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie aired on March 7.
(SPOT.ph) In her GMA News TV show Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie aired on March 7, Winnie Monsod admitted, "Ako rin naging biktima ng (I, too, have been a victim of) child sexual abuse. Not in any big way like Mildred (a girl whose ordeal was discussed in the show) was victimized but in a small way kasi ito ay nangyari sa akin (because this came to me) from a person of authority."
Monsod related that when she was around 12 or 13 years old, a man who was a guest speaker and guest of honor in one of her school’s events, asked if he could join their group in the car. The man was actually an acquaintance of Monsod’s family, as Monsod’s father and his father were friends. In any case, the said man got into the car and since there was hardly any room there, he asked Monsod to sit on his lap. According to Monsod, the man then started feeling her up. At first, Monsod said she was shocked about what was going on and didn’t really quite understand it. She just knew that it felt wrong. Finally, after about four minutes, Monsod cried out, "Please stop the car!" Her teachers who were also in the car asked the man to get down.
Monsod, accompanied by her teachers, told her parents about what happened. Her parents were furious but assured her that none of it was her fault. Monsod recalled, "My parents talagang (really), no questions asked, gustong sunggaban ng tatay ko (my father wanted to confront the man). The man came the next day and my father almost killed him. First, sinabi niya parang nag e-exaggerate lang ako (he said that maybe I was just exaggerating). Sabi ng tatay ko (My father said), ’Aside from trying to sexually exploit my daughter, you are telling me that she is a liar!’"
Monsod said that the man’s elderly parents later came "dressed in baro’t saya" to apologize as well. Monsod said, "(My parents) brought back my confidence right away. And as a result, I learned a lesson. They taught me that lesson and it was a very hard lesson to learn. Not all adults should be respected. Not all adults should be obeyed. That a child, no matter how young, must use their minds to say ’This is wrong and I will do something about it.’" Monsod said her parents had asked her if she wanted to file a case against the man. But she said that back then, she felt the ordeal was already "finished."
Monsod told her story to reiterate the fact that child abuse victims need a strong emotional support system to recover and to also be empowered to point out their perpetrators. Monsod emphasized that child abuse is "more prevalent than reported."
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